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February 6, 2019

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PORTLAND, OR; Date – The Oregon Symphony proudly announces the world premiere of Coraline in Concert on March 22, 2019 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (the same venue that saw the World Premiere of LAIKA’s award-winning film in 2009). The film was directed by Henry Selick and based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novella.  The Oregon Symphony under the baton of Associate Conductor Norman Huynh, will perform composer Bruno Coulais’ iconic soundtrack LIVE while the film is projected on a high definition screen.

Coraline was immediately recognized for its originality and has become a cult classic over the past decade.  The film depicts an adventurous girl who finds an idealized parallel world behind a secret door in her new home, unaware that the alternative universe contains a dark and sinister secret.  With a voice cast led by Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher and Ian McShane, the film was the first stop-motion animated feature to be conceived and photographed in stereoscopic 3D.  It was nominated for the Academy Award® and BAFTA Award for Outstanding Animated Feature, won the prestigious Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animation Festival and was named one of the Top Ten Films of the Year by the American Film Institute, among many honors.  In addition, Coraline was one of the best reviewed films of that year. 

New York Times:  “An exquisitely realized 3-D stop-motion animated feature.”

Los Angeles Times:   “A magical tale. A remarkable feat of imagination.”

New York Daily News:  “An extraordinary achievement. It’s almost impossible to overstate the artistry that unfolds on the screen.”

Entertainment Weekly:  “A moviegoing experience that comes as close to magic as one dares go.”

USA Today:  “A visual marvel. Gorgeous to watch in all its dazzling stop-motion animation splendor.”

Time Magazine:   “This is the animated film as art.”

Today Show:  “A sensation. Coraline is dramatic, dynamic and dazzling.”

“Though we make our films for audiences worldwide, our hearts are firmly entrenched in, and nurtured by, the Pacific Northwest,” says Brad Wald, LAIKA’s CFO & SVP of Business Operations.  “It is a joy to be able to celebrate our first film and Bruno Coulais’ brilliant score with the cultural gem that is The Oregon Symphony.  It’s going to be a fantastic night of music and film and we’re so excited to see the audience reaction.”  

“We couldn’t be more proud to be the first orchestra to present Coraline in Concert,” says Oregon Symphony’s General Manager, Steve Wenig. “LAIKA is an Oregon-based company where its films have a huge following. This is the perfect place to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the success of this incredible film.”



When and Where: March 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall



Tickets for all concerts can be purchased online at orsymphony.org; or in person at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office located at 909 SW Washington St., Portland, OR 97205.


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September–June (Mon–Sat, 10 am–6 pm); by phone at 503-228-1353 (Mon–Fri, 10 am–9 pm, Sat 10 am–6pm); and at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall starting two hours before every performance.

Season subscriptions, including the popular Choose Your Own packages and Gift Cards, are available through the Symphony Ticket Office at 503-228-1353.



Fueled by the vision of its President & CEO Travis Knight, feature film animation studio LAIKA was founded in 2005.  Located just outside Portland, Oregon, LAIKA was awarded a Scientific and Technology Oscar® for its innovation in 3D printing in 2016.  Its four films, Kubo and the Two Strings (2016); The Boxtrolls (2014); ParaNorman (2012), and Coraline (2009) were all nominated for Oscars® and PGA Awards as Outstanding Animated Film.  Kubo, which marked the directorial debut of Travis Knight, also received an Oscar® nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects and the BAFTA Award as well as three Annie Awards, the National Board of Review and 19 regional and critics’ group awards.  The Boxtrolls earned Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe Award nominations and 13 Annie Award nominations, more than any other film that year. ParaNorman garnered BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and GLAAD Media Award nominations, won two Annie Awards and was cited as the year’s best animated film by 14 critics’ groups.  Coraline earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics’ Choice nominations, and was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI). For more information, visit http://www.LAIKA.com


About Bruno Coulais

Bruno Coulais has been honored three times with the César Award (France’s equivalent of the Oscar); these were for his scores to Eric Valli’s Himalaya – l’enfance d’un chef, Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou’s Microcosmos, and Christophe Barratier’s Les Choristes.

The latter film also brought him an Academy Award nomination in the Best Original Song category.  He was also a BAFTA  Award nominee for scoring Les Choristes; a César Award nominee for scoring Mathieu Kassovitz’ Crimson Rivers and Jacques Perrin’s Winged Migration; and an Emmy Award nominee for scoring Raoul Peck’s Sometimes in April.  Mr. Coulais began his musical education on the violin and piano. His entrée into film scores came via director François Reichenbach, who asked him to write the soundtrack for the documentary Mexico Magico. Subsequently, the first full-length feature he scored was Sébastien Grall’s La femme secrète.  In addition to Coraline, his other feature film scores include Christine Pascal’s Le petit prince a dit; Agnès Merlet’s The Son of the Shark; Jacques Weber’s Don Juan; Elie Chouraqui’s Harrison’s Flowers; Pitof’s Vidocq; Frédéric Schoendoerffer’s Agents secrets; and James Huth’s Brice de Nice and upcoming Lucky Luke.  Mr. Coulais has composed several operas, including for children. In 2005, he wrote and conducted his Stabat Mater in Saint Denis Cathedral with the participation of English musician Robert Wyatt.


The multi-Grammy-nominated Oregon Symphony ranks as one of America’s major orchestras. Led by Music Director Carlos Kalmar, it serves over 300,000 people annually through more than 110 performances and award-winning education and community engagement programs. Now in its 123rd year, the Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi.

The Symphony’s ground-breaking 2017/18 Season set box office and fundraising records and was marked by an initiative to connect more deeply with the Portland community. The organization embarked on the year-long Sounds of Home series, which revolutionized the role of the arts in addressing three of the most critical social issues of the day: immigration, the environment, and homelessness. This series made a powerful impact in the community through innovative art, cross-sector partnerships with 37 organizations, and civic leadership. Sounds of Home community concerts hosted in venues across the city reached nearly 3,000 attendees and were viewed by thousands more through live streaming on social media.

The Symphony reached over 15 million radio broadcast listeners in the 2017/18 Season via All Classical Portland as well as American Public Media’s SymphonyCast and Performance Today. The season additionally featured three world premieres, including the first-ever play commissioned by an American orchestra.